Hadley Smith & Hannah Lawrence
Some Riot Theatre is an emerging company made up of recent graduates from top London drama school Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. The company was founded by Lucy Burke in 2015 born from a realisation of a lack of a safety net for graduating actors resulting in many emerging performers struggling to make the transition from institutions such as drama school into the real world in which they had little control over their own careers or choices. Some Riot Theatre are committed to creating and producing new writing that is relevant and accessible to a diverse and contemporary audience, whilst supporting and nurturing emerging talent. Their debut comedy ‘A Series of Unfortunate Breakups’ premiered at London’s Etcetera Theatre with a sell out run in January 2016 before going on to a sell out run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. ‘Glitter Punch’ is their second play as a company,
Glitter punch is at its heart a story of love and the search for belonging told by 16 year old Molly Davies as she embarks upon her first relationship, however events quickly escalate as we realise that the relationship is with her 27 year old sixth form tutor John. It is then up to use to decide if Molly’s perspective on her’s and John’s feelings are accurate or if something more sinister is really happening.
Although the age of consent in the UK is 16, the law states that a sexual relationship between someone who is in a position of trust and a person to whom that trust extends, including those young people between the ages of 16 – 18, is illegal. Glitter Punch forces us to look at and reevaluate the laws on the age of consent and consider at what age do we really reach adulthood. These issues are not only deeply resonant to the company but are now more than ever becoming an exponentially important issue in contemporary society.
An extract of ‘Glitter punch’ is being performed at Slam, Kings Cross on October 1st as part of Theatre4Thought’s New Artist Night.